The SCICOMM 25 (May 2016)



Welcome to the SCICOMM 25!

This is where I pull together 25 (or more) of the most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I’ve shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world’s leading science communicators.

Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out.

I hope you enjoy this month’s list, which includes posts I found during the month of May 2016.

Top Stories:

  1. Confessions of a wasteful scientist.
  2. Elsevier clamps down on academics posting their own papers online. 
  3. Google launches Science Journal to turn your phone into a research lab. 
  4. This Ivy League professor did math on a plane. His seat mate thought he was a terrorist.
  5. Why Boaty McBoatface is the best thing to happen to science and NERC. 
  6. Why Sci-Hub will win. 
  7. If scientists want to influence policymaking, they need to understand it. 
  8. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver takes on sensationalized scientific studies.  (see below)
  9. The hater’s guide to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  10. How journals like Nature, Cell, and Science are damaging science. 
  11. Why storytelling ‘is still everything’, despite new journalism tools and technology. 
  12. Why early career researchers should care about public engagement. 
  13. Academics need to embrace new ways of writing and sharing research. 
  14. What has science communication ever done for us?
  15. 1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility. 
  16. The frustrated science student behind Sci-Hub.
  17. “The surprising things I learned about myself by making a science video”.
  18. Women scientists get vocal about top billing on Twitter. 
  19. One scientist’s attempt to create a new science communication platform.
  20. How long does it take to do a Ph.D.? 
  21. Science Magazine’s defense of expensive journals is hilariously flawed. 
  22. The theology of quackery: How pseudoscience has become a secular religion. 
  23. The power of persuasive storytelling.
  24. for the public good!
  25. Impostor poses as an expert scientist to mysteriously peer-review work for a scientific journal. 

Honorable Mention:

  1. The nuts and bolts of peer review: What are the benefits for an early career researcher? 
  2. ‘If you’re not failing, you’re probably not trying as hard as you could be’.
  3. Academics need to embrace new ways of writing and sharing research. 
  4. The danger of overselling science. 
  5. Science community needs to engage with media.
  6. Science isn’t broken. 
  7. Seven things every researcher should know about scholarly publishing. 
  8. When we hype our science, discoveries are diminished. 
  9. How a science search engine is visualizing the discovery process. 
  10. University research and the rise of academic bragging contests. 
  11. Open-access index delists thousands of journals. 
  12. 14 books that connect students with valuable scientists’ struggles.
  13. Dear Science: Introducing a new advice column that uses science to solve your problems. 
  14. 30 tips for successful academic research and writing. 
  15. Down the rabbit hole: The hate filled underbelly of blogging. 
  16. Uncertainty can be good in science and in career transitions.
  17. BSA responds to an inquiry on science communication. 
  18. We need to do more for women in science. 
  19. Including hyperlinks in your CV makes a big difference.
  20. Six reasons why it is unrealistic for research to drive policy change. 
  21. How to handle an idiotic review.
  22. Communicating impact: The role of news and media & reflections on reaching non-academic audiences.
  23. Should researchers publish their findings before peer review?
  24. Science works best when it’s open and openly communicated. 
  25. My love/hate of Sci-Hub. 
  26. An attempt to outline what constitutes ‘valuable journalism’. 
  27. Taking to our soapboxes to tackle gender inequality in science, and beyond. 
  28. Making research available free is illegal. but price gouging is the real crime.
  29. The future of open access: Why has academia not embraced the internet revolution?
  30. Why scientists should learn to embrace failure. 
  31. How piracy became a cause celebre in the world of academics. 
  32. Sci-Hub has changed how we access knowledge. 

How Your Work Can Make The List:

Being considered for the SCICOMM 25 is simple. When you write something great, let me know by tweeting me a link. (@kirkenglehardt) I’ll check it out, and if I think it’s a good fit for the SCICOMM community, I’ll share it in a tweet. If it captures enough attention, as determined by the Twitter analytics on my account, it will make it into the next top 25. This isn’t a perfect system for identifying the ‘most talked about’ science communication stories, but it’s the best I can do with the limited time I have to pull this together. So tweet me!

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